Was it a mistake to invade Iraq? MPR News Staff May 21, 2015, 12:06 PM May 21, 2015 7 comments “Keep in mind that the question that tripped up both [Marco] Rubio and Jeb Bush was asked on Fox News,” writes New York Magazine’s Alex Carp. Today’s Question: Was it a mistake to invade Iraq? ‹ Older Should mass surveillance of American call records continue? Newer › What needs to be done to address income inequality? Browse by category Education Health Economy Politics/Government Culture Religion/Ethics Science/Technology Transportation Race/Gender Environment/Energy Security International affairs Immigration Media Military About the blogger MPR News Staff firstname.lastname@example.org Gordon near Two Harbors Let’s start with the fact that Al Qaeda did not exist in Iraq during the time of Saddam Hussein, but was largely based in Afghanistan. When the US was attacked on 9-11, the primary response should have been focused in Al Qaeda in Afghanistan–not in Iraq where Saddam Hussein was already held in a box by US sanctions and military no-fly zones–and the threat to America was, well, pretty weak. While no American likes the idea of a dictatorship, countries like Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, and Syria could only be held together by a “strong man”, because there is/was very little unity in nations that were artificially created by Europeans at the end of World War One. Iraq, and much of the Middle East, is returning to the sectarian borders that existed prior to WW1, whether we like it or not. Without permanent occupation by foreign forces (Americans), a natural realignment must occur. When you consider the current situation in Iraq in the wake of the US occupation, what sane person would conclude that the death of thousands of American servicemen and women–and the tens of thousands of woundings and disabilities suffered–would be worth it? Pearly Was it a mistake to leave Iraq? Yanotha Twangai Leaving when we did was the correct thing to do. The government that we helped the Iraqis establish after the invasion did not want us to stay on terms that were acceptable to our government. It would have been a mistake to continue the occupation under those circumstances. Sue de Nim Yes, for four reasons. 1. It took the focus off Afghanistan before the job was finished. By overthrowing their government, we took moral responsibility for the well-being of the Afghan people. We were morally committed to stay involved until another, hopefully better, stable regime was established. We did not do that adequately. 2. It removed an important counterbalance to Iranian power in the region. 3. It led more or less directly to the creation of the so-called Islamic State. 4. It was simply an unjust war, because Iraq didn’t attack us and was no threat to us. Gary F Was it a mistake to invade Libya? Haniya Ahmad there is/was very little unity in nations that were artificially created by Europeans at the end of World War One. islam quotes about life bob hicks Profoundly tragic. The worst decision by any administration in living memory, next to the Viet Nam War. Massive amounts of blood and treasure spilled, corruption and waste on a staggering scale, the generation of instability without end. For those who believe in exceptionalism, this has to be acknowledged as an exceptionally incompetent decision.